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This is a middleweight bout that neither fighter can afford to lose. One came into a high-profile bout in his UFC re-debut and looked terrible, while the other has lost two bouts in a row. One is well-liked. The other? Not so much. But who will come out on top in this pivotal battle? Jason Miller (27-8, 1 NC, 0-2UFC) meets C.B. Dollaway (11-4, 5-4 UFC).
Neither fighter is currently ranked at middleweight in the USA Today/BE Consensus Rankings, though Miller has always hovered on the periphery due more to his popularity than his resume. A win by either fighter won't mean a lot rankings-wise to be honest. This middleweight UFC 146 bout is the fifth bout of the preliminary card and the second to air on FX. The FX broadcast begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT..
How do these two stack up?
Miller: 31 years old | 6'1" | 77" reach
Dollaway: 28 years old | 6'2" | 74" reach
What have these two done recently?
Miller: L - Michael Bisping (TKO) | W - Kazushi Sakuraba (SUB) | W - Tim Stout (TKO)
Dollaway: L - Jared Hamman (TKO) | L - Mark Munoz (KO) | W - Joe Doerksen (SUB)
How did these two get here?
Jason "Mayhem" Miller is one of the most famous MMA fighters in the North America, believe or not. After many years of toiling in other organizations (you know, other than that one fight against GSP) and building up his image, Mayhem finally signed with the UFC. He was assigned to an undercard fight with Aaron Simpson originally, but got called up to the big leagues when Chael Sonnen couldn't get licensed. As stated above, he looked terrible against Bisping in that bout and desperately needs a good performance here to maintain his popularity (and employment status).
C.B. "The Doberman" Dollaway has been a fixture in the UFC ever since he came up short in the finals of TUF 8. The wrestler has caught some heat for perceived arrogance, and his up-and-down tenure in the organization hasn't done much to make people forget about that. He's been knocked out two fights in a row, and a win over Miller is absolutely necessary if he wants to continue his career in the octagon.
Why should you care?
I'm not really sure, to be honest. If you like Miller or dislike Dollaway, you might have some motivation to tune in. Other than that, I'm not sure. i hate to be negative, but I highly doubt the bout will be all that exciting.
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